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Keystone’s Trimble to play soccer at Clearwater Christian

Raychel Trimble, seated between her parents, Ray and Jackie, signs her letter of intent to play soccer at Clearwater Christian College.

Raychel Trimble, seated between her parents, Ray and Jackie, signs her letter of intent to play soccer at Clearwater Christian College.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

Keystone Heights High School senior Raychel Trimble helped the Indians compete for and win district championships. Now, she gets the chance to be part of a program that has been competing at the highest level among Division II colleges.

Trimble signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Clearwater Christian College during a May 1 ceremony in the KHHS media center. Clearwater Christian won the Division II national champion in 2013 and was the national runner-up this past season.

“It’s awesome,” Trimble said. “They’re graduating a bunch of seniors, so I’m ready to get in there, work hard and hopefully earn a starting spot wherever they need me.”

Clearwater Christian head coach Mark Bates was excited about the prospect of Trimble joining his program. He watched Trimble play club ball during the high school offseason and saw an immediate bond between Trimble and his current players when she visited the school recently.

“We were just really impressed with Raychel when we watched her play, especially in the club games,” Bates said. “She has a really good work ethic, and she’s a skilled player.

“When we got her down to visit, she fit in very nicely with our girls. I think she’s going to be an excellent player in college.”

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